NOSTALGIA: A busy life

editorial image

Sir Humphry Wakefield, of Chillingham Castle, is the latest to contact us about the above photo of the Duke’s School in 1940.

The man in the centre with a hat in his hands is WW Wakefield, Sir Humphry’s uncle, who was commander of the West of England ATC. He flew in both world wars and was the first pilot to land on a battleship, aged just 17, after five had died trying it.

Later, as an MP, he served as Secretary of State for Air to Winston Churchill and was also a keen sportsman, captaining the first England rugby team to beat the All Blacks in New Zealand and coaching the GB Olympic ski team.